Science Birthdays, May 24

5/24/1640        John Mayow,   physiologist,     He was possibly the first person to look at air and gases and make predictions about respiration and combustion. Suggesting that the air we breath was like the air that fanned a fire.  He was on the right track but died young and Stahl took over with the idea of phlogiston. He died in 1679 at age 39.

5/24/1544        William Gilbert           physicist          Galileo considered him the chief founder of experimentalism. He showed that garlic did not destroy magnetism as was once thought. He suggested that the earth was a giant magnet. He showed magnetic dip. The gilbert is named for him. Died in 1603 at age 59.

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